930Ambassador

Ambassadors

Ambassadors represent a select group of Kate’s Club’s most engaged, active and dedicated supporters.  Ambassadors can be Buddies, donors, former board members, member guardians, former KC members who are now adults, and/or volunteers who are uniquely committed to furthering the mission of Kate’s Club.

Each Ambassador serves a leadership role in ways that best fit their individual interests and skills. In addition to making a financial contribution to Kate’s Club, Ambassadors lead special event sub-committees; lead special projects; offer pro-bono professional services; and/or volunteer as a Buddy for a minimum of  six shifts or at Camp Good Mourning.  Ambassadors are encouraged to attend Kate’s Club programs and special events.

Ambassadors are formally recognized at events, on the website and various social media sites and in marketing materials. Interested in learning more, becoming an Ambassador or nominating a candidate?  Contact Debra Brook at debra.brook@katesclub.org.

Ambassadors 2016

Anita Aaron
Anita Aaron has been a buddy with Kate’s Club since 2013. She finds fulfillment in each opportunity she has to work with the youth by empowering them and sharing in their breakthroughs in their grieving process. Anita’s involvement with Kate’s Club derives from her personal experience with a special loss as a child and another as a young adult; not knowing what to do or how to handle grief influenced her drive to make a difference in others’ lives, specifically children holistically. Because she could identify with the need for maintaining a healthy balance and positive energy in life, her first experience at Camp Good Mourning confirmed her belief of how essential Kate’s Club is in helping youth through their grieving process. Anita is the only girl of 3 siblings and the mother of a blended family of 5 children. She serves as the Women’s Usher Coordinator at her Church and when not volunteering she enjoys dancing, teaching Chicago-style stepping, writing, walking, crocheting, and family time. Anita is an advanced communicator Bronze member of Toastmasters. She also does community volunteer work as her schedule allows.
Catherine Andrews
I am a Buddy, a member of the silent auction committee for Gala 2016, and just completed the Support Group Leader training. I also helped out in the office for a month this past Fall 2015. I became involved with Kate’s Club as a type of therapy, having experienced the death of a parent. It is imperative that such services exist as children and their families discover their new normal. I am the volunteer manager for Embracing Hospice. I earned a B.A. Psychology from West Chester University. In my spare time I enjoy travelling, sporting events, concerts, movies. I volunteer as a Big Sister with Big Brothers Big Sisters, and Ambassador with American Cancer Society.
Allison Bittle
Allison  served as a Kate’ s Club board member for four years, where she worked on the Special Events Committee and assisted with fundraising.  Prior to joining the board, she was a volunteer for two years on the Cabaret planning committee.  Allison became involved with Kate’s Club after meeting Kate and recognizing the importance of helping children suffering from a loss.  In early 2009, Allison lost her own father very suddenly, which gave her an even deeper understanding of the need for Kate’s Club.  Today, she continues to support Kate’s Club and is proud to have the Joel J. Griffin Memorial Library at the Clubhouse, named for her late father.  Allison is a graduate of Rhodes College in Memphis, TN and is a Director of Office Brokerage at Cushman & Wakefield, where she has enjoyed a successful career for the last 12 years.  Allison enjoys scrapbooking; reading; fly fishing and spending time with her family.  She is a member of the Atlanta Commercial Board of Realtors, sits on the executive committee of The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night Walk and was recently nominated to the Rhodes College Executive Alumni Board.  Allison has been married to her college sweetheart, Phil, for 12 years and they have two sons, Griffin and Leighton.
Allie Cass
I have been a buddy with Kate’s Club since March 2013. Currently, I sit on the Gala Communications Committee and i have partnered with KC Connects as a closed-group facilitator with KIPP Ways. Additionally, I have attended Camp Good Mourning the past two years as a buddy and Cabin Leader. The mission of Kate’s Club means everything to me as I have seen first-hand the positive impact had by the organization on particular kids. I am moved by these kids and the supportive relationships they have cultivated with one another that would not have been possible without Kate’s Club. During the day, I crunch social media numbers as a Sr. Analyst at Oracle. I also teach an online Master’s course with the University of Florida, Social Media Metrics & Evaluation. In my spare time, I enjoy running and spending time outdoors with family and friends.
Deborah Green
I first became aware of Kate’s Club in 2012 when I suddenly lost my only child. My daughter left behind a 4 year old daughter and a 7 year old son.  My grand children have been Kate’s Club members since their Mom’s death.  When I retired from my corporate job in 2014, I began volunteering at Kate’s Club.  I go once a week during the day and help out with whatever clerical needs arise.  I am also very active in the annual Memory Walk and raise money for Kate’s Club.  My friends and family all know that in October and November I will be contacting them for donations in memory of my daughter.  I do what I do because Kate’s Club has done so much to help my grand children as well as thousands of other children who have experienced the loss of a love one.  I volunteer at my grand children’s school once a week working in the library as well as frequently volunteering at the Atlanta Community Food Bank.  When I am not volunteering, I like spending time with my grandkids, painting, antique browsing or reading.
Susan Grubb
Susan served 4 years on the Kate’s Club Board where she held positions as Treasurer and Special Events Chair. Prior to her board service she spent two years on the Cabaret planning committee. Kate’s Club has come a very long way in the last 10 years and she is so proud to have watched the organization develop from the very beginning to where they are today. Children are our future and in the words of our founder, “we have to be extra loud to ensure that these kids are survivors and not victims.” Susan is a graduate of the University of Alabama with an undergraduate and graduate degree in Accounting. She is a CPA in the state of Georgia and works as a corporate finance professional. Susan has been married to her high school sweetheart for 12 years and has 2 children. Susan enjoys running, snow skiing, reading and spending time with her family.
Sara Haj-Hussein
I started volunteering with Kate’s Club in early 2015 after searching for an opportunity that would really make a difference. After losing a parent at a young age, I was absolutely amazed at the ways Kate’s Club helps children cope with the loss and the grief after the death of a loved one. I started volunteering as a Buddy for clubhouse days and Family Night but continued to get involved with Camp Good Mourning, serving on the Memory Walk committee, and volunteering for any program days I could. Being a part of this community I not only a life changing experience, but a meaningful one. I graduated from Agnes Scott College with a BA in Political Science and Psychology. I am currently a director at the March of Dimes and a member of the Junior League of Atlanta. I’m not married and have no children but enjoy wine tastings, museum tours, yoga, classic movies, working out, and elephant sanctuaries.
Nikki Harris
Nikki joined Kate’s Club in 2013, on pure faith and hope. Faith in knowing that she needed closure with her father’s death and hope that she could reach out and give back to those who are facing the same challenges. Serving as a Kate’s Club Buddy, has totally given Nikki nothing short of pure happiness! As of yet, Nikki has no children of her own but finds joy in volunteering with Hosea Feed the Hungry, Sporty Girls Inc., House of Philanthropy and donates annually to her alma mater, Spelman College. Currently, Nikki is Salon Coordinator at Next Level Hair Salon in Sandy Springs, GA.
Emily Lieberman
I started volunteering with Kate’s Club in April 2013, and it has changed my life profoundly.  Having lost my older sister at age 13 and my mother at age 16, I know what it is like to grieve without the guidance and support of an organization like Kate’s Club.  Any time I talk with people about Kate’s Club, they always say what a great thing I’m doing and how much we’re helping these kids.  I thank them and agree, but I see more and more each day how much this organization has helped me.  I don’t feel like I’m giving up my time when I volunteer at Kate’s Club because I get so much in return.  I think one of the things that makes Kate’s Club so unique is that they offer year-round support for the kids; monthly program days at the clubhouse, quarterly outings, the HUGS programs, and of course Camp Good Mourning!   Additionally, the other volunteers are some of the most amazing people I’ve met in my life.  It’s an incredible organization for which I am so thankful to be a part of.
Dana McDougal
Originally from Wisconsin, Dana McDougal have a BA from UW-Madison and work in PR/events. I have one son and try to instill my love for fitness, travel, and seeking new experiences in him. I became involved in Kate’s Club because I am a survivor of loss. My outlook on life changed after my brother died, then my best friend. I chose to overcome these obstacles by helping empower myself and others and truly believe in the power of positivity – and laughter. I am a Kate’s Club Buddy and supporting several Gala committees.
Nancy McKelvey
I have been involved with Kate’s Club since early 2008, volunteering on Clubhouse days and Camp Good Mourning.  My mother died when I was 5 and I know what it’s like to be a grieving child, seeing the effect that Kate’s Club has on the children over the years keeps me inspired to continue my work with Kate’s Club. I work for ThyssenKrupp NA working is sales, married to my wonderful husband Chuck, who is currently a new volunteer and attended Camp Good Mourning this year as a buddy.  We have a daughter Christina who lives in Ohio and also 5 dogs! I love gardening, running, cooking and being outdoors. I also spend time volunteering with Must Ministries and Cobb Christmas. I am truly honored to be part of the Kate’s Club family.
Sierra Nicholson
I became a Kate’s Club Buddy in the fall of 2011. My good friend and Kate’s Club Advisory Board member, Jennifer Bernstein Adams, introduced me to Kate’s Club several years ago. After attending the Cabaret in 2011, I decided that Kate’s Club was a great match for my philanthropic interests: it has a specific and dedicated mission, it supports a need that is largely unmet in the community, and I get to hang out with a lot of really cool kids! I love volunteering for Clubhouse days and Camp Good Mourning. When I’m not sporting the blue and yellow Buddy tee, I’m working hard at my job as an account manager at KPMG, taking a long stroll with my dogs in Midtown, or enjoying all that Atlanta has to offer with my husband, Ryan. Kate’s Club is my main squeeze in terms of volunteering my time, but I also support the Atlanta Community Food Bank and Crossroads Community Ministries.
Todd Owens
I am a buddy at Kate’s Club and have been so for the past 3 years. After reading an article about Kate’s Club in a local magazine I quickly got involved. Both of my parents died when I was 14 years old, and I could quickly relate to many of the issues the kids are facing at Kate’s Club. One of my biggest goals as a buddy was to ensure our kids know it’s normal to feel the many feeling they will have as they struggle through their grief, and that as they continue with their life’s journey, they too will succeed. My parents died in 1980. Since then I graduated from the University of Delaware. During college I was enrolled in the Air Force ROTC. After college I attended flight school and became a pilot. After 11 years as a pilot in the Air Force I got out of the military and was hired by Delta Air Lines where I have currently worked for the past 15 years. I am married to my beautiful wife Liz and we have three precious girls: Kate, Allie, & Morgan. When not at work you can usually find me doing some type of physical activity, playing golf, or coaching softball. If not there look for me at Kate’s Club!
Reinhard Powell 
Ren joined Kate’s Club as a Buddy in 2003 and has spent the last several years volunteering at grief support organizations including Bo’s Place while living in Houston, Texas. Ren loves serving the community and feels that he is able to relate to the kids at Kate’s Club as he lost his father at the age of nine. Ren graduated with B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical engineering from Georgia Tech and is currently a Senior Project Manager at Intertek Product Performance Consulting. Apart from community service, Ren’s interests include spending time with his wife and two year old son, running, working on his car and traveling home to Jamaica.[/expand]
Brandon Russell
My initial involvement with Kate’s Club was through my work at New York Life. Kate’s Club and NYL already had an amazing partnership. In 2012, they needed NYL volunteers to help with the closing party at camp. I gladly participated and afterwards knew that I wanted to volunteer regularly with Kate’s Club. As a member of the Junior League of Atlanta, I have been able to make Kate’s Club my community placement for the last two years serving as a Buddy. While I have not personally suffered the loss of a parent or sibling, I am a former school counselor and I love being able to work with the kids and help provide grief support. In my personal life, I nanny four nights out of the week, am an avid Florida Gators fan, and have three dogs that keep me very busy (and entertained!). I have also been a foster with Angels Among Us Pet Rescue since 2012 and have adopted two of my three dogs through them. I love being a part of Kate’s Club and am honored to have been asked to become an ambassador!
Ashley Schiavone
I am honored to participate as a Kate’s Club buddy at club house Saturdays, group outings and Camp Good Mourning.  My support of Kate’ Club mission stems from my own personal loss of my mother at a young age.  I graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree from Florida State University in 2004 and went on to get my Juris Doctor from Mercer University Law School in 2008.   I practice criminal defense in Atlanta and surrounding counties and began my own law firm in 2012.  In my free time, I love to travel, read, volunteer for Kate’s Club and Buckhead Church, and watch college football![/expand]
Elizabeth Shara
I was first introduced to Kate’s Club in 2010 and started as a buddy in the club house before finding my way to the event side of this incredible organization. I have assisted with logistics for Dinner of Champions, Cabaret, and the 10th Anniversary Gala. I am currently co-chair for the 2016 Gala. I have loved my time working on each event but collaborating with my brother on the Child Champion video for the 2014 Gala was a personal highlight for me. Kate’s Club has allowed me to use my professional skills for a cause that is dear to my heart. Thriving after the loss of my parents as a teenager would have been so much easier if there was a Kate’s Club back then! I am honored to have the opportunity to support the Kate’s Club mission. My 10 year old son Logan is the light of my life. We spend our free time goofing off with our dogs and having as much fun as possible.
Jorgelina Streidinger
She has volunteered with Kate’s Club since 2010. She has served in several event committees, chaired Kate’s Club Cabaret, and assisted with fundraising.  As a mom, she finds comfort in knowing that there is a place where children can feel empowered after the loss of a loved one.  Kate’s Club is the place where children can find that comfort, while encouraged to share their stories and feelings with peers. Jorgelina is the Latin America Business Development Director for Digital Element, an Atlanta IT company. She holds a degree in Marketing from KSU and also earned an MBA from GA State. She is an active member of LEAD Atlanta, and served on the board of First Book Metro Atlanta for over 7 years.  She lives in Atlanta with her husband and two young children that keep her on her toes!
Ashley Thomas
I have been involved with Kate’s Club since 2009. I love everything about Kate’s Club-the mission, the employees, the other buddies, and of course the children/teens that are impacted by this wonderful organization. It felt natural to want to help others grieving the loss of a loved one as I had a personal loss in 1994 (my mom). My roles include camp buddy, ambassador, and co-captain of the Team Kate’s Club-Spin for Kids ride team. Serving others in this capacity is simply how I honor my mom’s life. Some unexpected benefits of being part of Kate’s Club include many friendships and leading the Kate’s Club-Camp Good Mourning ride team along with a few other KC buddies and employees. I graduated from Kennesaw State University in 2006 and began working for Liberty Mutual Insurance that same year. I am a senior sales representative and consistent member of the Liberty Leaders Club.   I serve on the board of directors for two local organizations: Life Grocery and Café in Marietta and the Northeast Cobb Business Association. My hobbies include spending time with my fur baby, Bronson in addition to shopping, running, and cycling. I am married to another Kate’s Club buddy (Joe Bartolick) and have two step-children (Abby and Ethan).
Katie Thomas
I discovered Kate’s Club after moving to Atlanta from Chicago and work with Kate’s Club as a buddy and with Camp Good Mourning. I have a bachelor degree in social work but chose to enter the corporate world and began a career in Human Resources 7 years ago– Kate’s Club allows me to maintain my passion of helping others.  As a child, I suffered the death of a parent and wish that something like this organization had been around for me. Kate’s Club is a place where children who have suffered the loss of a parent or sibling can be normal – they can be like everyone else! The volunteers, families, and children make Kate’s Club a special place that I am proud to support.
Sharri Thomas
Kate’s Club offers my daughter a support system of people who “just get it”. I work with a platform technology company that is focused in GI so helping people is part of my DNA. My daughter and I enjoy hockey games, concerts, shows, dinners out and playing board games. Over the years we have supported many programs including The Ronald McDonald House, CHOA, Ride to Live for Diabetes and 12+ years volunteering for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation’s Ride for Kids. Kate’s Club is now a big part of who we are and what we support.
Daniel Wahlig
I have been working with Kate’s Club on various marketing (web and video) projects since 2012, but have ramped up my involvement in 2015 by joining the Gala Planning Committee and becoming an Ambassador. I lost my father when I was a teen, so Kate’s Club’s mission is very close to my heart. I graduated from Georgia Tech in 2008 and I have worked in a variety of marketing/graphic design roles, both as an employee and as a self-employed business owner. Currently, I work for Deloitte as a graphic designer and video producer. In my free time, I love travel (I have been to more than 50 countries) and music (playing, listening and writing).
Courtney Walters
I was introduced to Kate’s Club as a grieving, young adult recovering from loss and codependency just months after my father died. A special person suggested that I offer my time and heart to the organization, confident that supporting the cause would help me grow. I later guided my baby sister to enjoy the KC experience and watch confidently as she healthily explores her grief. I am a reporter and writer based in Atlanta that serves a handful of local non-profits and could live on cheese pizza and hazelnut lattes.
Christy White
I became involved in Kate’s Club through the Junior League of Atlanta in the summer of 2013. Since that time, I have volunteered at two Camp Good Mournings, several Kate’s Club outings and many clubhouse days. From the very beginning, it was easy to see how important Kate’s Club is for children and teens who have suffered a significant loss. I received a Bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Tennessee and work as a communications consultant for the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. In addition to Kate’s Club, I also volunteer with the Everybody Win’s school reading program and enjoy cooking and being outdoors.
Anna Ruth Williams
Anna Ruth Williams is an ambassador of Kate’s Club, donating her time to the growing organization. At the age of 24, Anna Ruth lost her father to suicide – drawing Kate’s Club’s mission close to her heart. An entrepreneur, Anna Ruth is the CEO and founder of AR|PR, the fastest growing technology PR firm in the South. She is past chair of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s Atlanta Chapter where her work earned the chapter three national awards for “Outstanding PR.” She is also on the planning committee for Skyland Trail’s Southern Shindig fundraiser and a founding member of Leadership Atlanta’s LEAD alumni program.
Moira Wilson
I volunteer at Kate’s Club as a buddy mostly for the new Family Orientation evenings but occasionally on program days.  I heard of the organization from my friend Stephanie Brun de Pontet who is on the Board.  At the time a close friend had just died of cancer and Kate’s Club appealed to me as a unique organization helping children from all backgrounds, who have experienced bereavement.  Originally from the UK with a BA in History, I have worked as an Office Manager and in sales and marketing.  I came to Atlanta in 2007 with my husband and daughter and have been closely involved at my daughter’s school (the International School) coordinating the family ambassador program to welcome new families to Atlanta and the US.  In my spare time I go ballroom dancing and enjoy theatre, travelling, cooking and reading.
Nicole Yesbik
Nicole was introduced to Kate’s Club in 2011.  As she learned about all the great activities the organization provides for grieving children, Nicole knew instantly she wanted to provide her time and service to Kate’s Club.  Since being introduced, she has participated in various activities such as Spin for Kids, Bowl-A-Thon and Dinner of Champions.  Nicole is a Director in the Risk Assurance Practice at PwC.  She is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Science in Accounting.  Nicole enjoys travelling and spending time with her husband, Nick, two stepsons, Kyle and Cameron, and two goldendoodles, Chloe and Rylee.

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